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Head-Waiter Tray

Sometimes you need more than a hand serving guests -- you need a head. Create a helping head to entertain your captive dining companions.

Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004



  • Paper towels

  • Gauze

  • Brewed coffee

  • Flour

  • Corn syrup

  • Coffee

  • Styrofoam head


  1. Two days before your party, crumple 10 paper towels and several swaths of gauze (enough to cover the display surface). Dip each in brewed coffee, and set to dry, in their crumpled state, where they won't be disturbed. This will give the towels and gauze a wrinkled, veiny appearance.

  2. Prepare the head: Mix a solution of 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon corn syrup (or use Mod Podge glue), and 1 tablespoon coffee. Stir with a craft stick, and then use it to apply a thin layer to one section of a Styrofoam head. Uncrumple paper towels, and spread over that section; repeat until surface is covered. Place the gauze on a tray and the head waiter in the center, or display him on a sideboard or buffet.

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